Farewell for now, readers of the weekly Friday Art + Design blog post—I’m heading off on maternity leave next week! In honor of my imminent departure (and my seriously rotund form), I thought I’d share a little top-ten list of books I’ve enjoyed reading while pregnant—
Giggle Guide to Baby Gear —invaluable check-lists for all that baby stuff you need to beg, borrow, or steal (or, ok, buy or register for) before the bundle of joy arrives.
The Joy of Pregnancy —a lovely, warm, non-scary and celebratory general guide…if this isn’t already a classic, it should be.
Mixed —despite the fact that my own kid will be the whitest child ever, I love looking at this book and thinking about the wonderful diverse world she will grow up in. Not to mention—cute babies!
It Sucked and Then I Cried —hilarious frank memoir of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum depression from beloved blogger Dooce.
Pictorial Webster’s—ok, so this one is pretty much just fun to look at any time, but it will be awfully nice for picture sharing with my daughter one day and making up stories about all the awesome stuff inside.
Baby Bargains—definitive source for figuring out which of the zillion strollers and car seats out there you should buy.
Andy Warhol’s Colors —my personal favorite art-and-design-themed board book for babies.
Lunch Poems —one of my all-time most beloved books of poetry, perfect for reading to baby in utero, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Polaroid Notes —so, not strictly speaking a book, but these make the perfect thank you notes…with images perfect for women, men, and children of all ages, and not too big so you don’t have to write too much!
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie—fiction-wise, all I seem to want to read these days is mysteries—in addition to a steady diet of Laurie King, Stieg Larsson, Alexander McCall Smith, John Burdett, and Donna Leon, I recently discovered this little gem with a story as good as its truly excellent title.
Bridget Watson Payne
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